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Autor:  anton  14 July 2011
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Why does Langston Hughes feel so badly in �Salvation’?

A time comes in everybody's life when they need to be "saved." When this happens a spiritual bond is formed within that individual. In Langston Hughes' essay, "Salvation," that bond is broken because Langston isn't truthfully saved. When he doesn’t see Jesus in the church at the

A young Langston finds himself trapped into obedience just because the congregation wants him to go up and get “saved”, and therefore he ventures to the altar as if he has seen the light of the Holy Spirit. The struggles he faces while trying his best to conform to familial mandates, a battle he fights within himself until there is nothing left for him but to servile makes him feel enormously bad. He finds it disappointing to everyone in the church. So, he finally gets "saved" by pretending to have seen Jesus. As a result, a feeling of guilt from lying to everyone in the church makes him unhappy.

Langston Hughes wanted to see Jesus to have a better understanding of his faith and be “saved”. Being told to worship and honor Jesus blindly, raised many questions in his mind and before his relationship could grow with Jesus he needed them answered. In our lives, many of our decisions are influenced by the loved ones, and often we suspend our goals and aspirations in the fear of not receiving approval. When Hughes mentions: "So I decided that maybe to save further trouble, I'd rather lie, too, and say that Jesus had come, and get up and be saved ", he has apparently overlooked his personal belief to receive an approval of Salvation by the congregation.

The anticipation of an event is extremely emotional for a thirteen year young person. A child’s reaction to the night before Christmas is a wonderful example of his/her animated expectation. The atmosphere in the church on this particular night is narrated highly charismatic. When Langston’s aunt tells him, “when you were saved from sin you saw a light, and something happened to you inside”, he believes her. When he is brought to the church, his aunt directs him to the front row, where he sits calmly and patiently in the heat, waiting for the preacher to begin the service. The Preacher welcomes the “young lambs” and starts his sermon. Towards the end of his speech he invites the young children to the altar to be “saved”. At this point, Langston is confused because he does not see Jesus before him. All the young boys and girls sprang to their feet except Langston and another boy named Westley. They are the only two left on, what the parishioners of the church called, the “mourners’ bench”. When Westley became very restless and decided that he was not going to sit on this bench anymore, ultimately Langston can not wait any longer and lies to the entire congregation, simply saying “he has seen Jesus”.

In summary, in everyone’s life, there comes a time when one’s perception changes abruptly; a single moment in one’s life brings one to a sudden realization. In Langston Hughes' 'Salvation', contrary to all expectations, a young Hughes is not “saved” by Jesus, but is “saved”from his own innocence.

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